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Naval Undersea Warfare Center Reviews

Updated March 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexible hours, work-life balance, government benefits, stress-free, people are more than willing to help and explain concepts" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Good pay (Blue collar pay exceeds industry standard, White collar is paid less than industry standard)" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not exactly on the cutting edge of technology" (in 4 reviews)

  • "The bureaucracy is far, far beyond most government levels of red tape" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Exciting work, good pay, challenging, great Co workers

    Cons

    None really, if you're good.


  2. "NUWC"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Team Leader
    Current Employee - Engineering Team Leader
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (health care, flexible hours, paid time off, job security) and interesting work.

    Cons

    Process oriented to the point that it can take away from value added work. Ability to get the 'simple' things accomplished can sometimes take an extraordinary amount of time/effort.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and raise a family."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Newport, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, generous paid vacation and sick days

    Cons

    Too much oversight and training. What used to be an R&D center is now a predominantly a contracts clearing house.


  4. "Electronics Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Pick up new projects when they become available. Lot of room to explore what you like.

    Cons

    Slow and boring. Work falls into only the hands of people who want to work.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire more people or people that want to work.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "The less you know the higher you go."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Same as most places, if your with the right people it was a great place. Good comradre, positive team involvment, great for personal and career growth. Was among the last to learn the ways of the old timers. Dignity, respect, pride.

    Cons

    A new era ushered in. Inexperienced çocky, disrepctful, self serving, unscrupulous in many regards.
    Overdocumented corporate kissass atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    When investigating a problem or conducting a root cause analysis; don't be suprised by your reflection. Many of the positions there take 5 or more years to become proficient in let alone craft mastery, the problems your facing you probably created during one of your pop-tart management tours. Find your pride and own your faults.


  6. "Fleet Liaison"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Great leadership opportunities. Also great travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Difficult to become an SME on anything because resources are spread thin.


  7. "Government bureaucracy at its finest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits (PTO, insurance, etc...)
    Good pay (Blue collar pay exceeds industry standard, White collar is paid less than industry standard)
    Great work (Work being done at Keyport can be fun and exciting. New R&D work and Keyport is trying to be competitive to Newport but falls short)
    Great promotion potential for White Collar workers

    Cons

    Terrible management (No managerial skills or education. Most seem to just be ex Navy Officers/Chiefs or family members)
    Too many managers (By the time I left, there was a manager for every 2 workers in my Department)
    Dance of the Lemons (Worked extremely hard to move up very fast constantly fighting nepotism and friendship hires. I was lucky, but most are not. Must be an ex Navy Officer/Chief or family to move up. Consistently did work to pickup for the non-productive)
    No education or skills required to be hired into blue collar positions.
    Non-competetive pay within grade (Pay is based on time in grade and not performance)
    Work is extremely handicapped (Cannot purchase within timely manner, Extremely high overhead rate)
    Discriminate culture (Quite a bit of Sexism and other bigotry prevalent)

    Advice to Management

    LEAN!!! Less management, Less overhead, streamline purchasing/shipping, STOP adding extra levels for no reason or without an impact study, hire educated/skilled workers, and Management should all have management education (Personnel and Project)

  8. "Entry level mechanical engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Newport, RI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Newport, RI
    Recommends

    I worked at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best professional development imaginable, super nice people, really interesting work, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Very slow at times. Higher-ups don't expect much from you.


  9. "Run Away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    You will recieve a paycheck.

    Cons

    The paycheck is from NUWC


  10. "Great place to start"

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    Current Employee - ComputerScientist in Keyport, WA
    Current Employee - ComputerScientist in Keyport, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super relaxed work environment. Your job is very secure.

    Cons

    Not exactly on the cutting edge of technology. Bureaucracy and security paranoia make getting anything done a challenge.